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Tax bill moving on to final passage

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House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas., said the tax reform bill made public at a 5:30 p.m. event on Friday. "We have delivered for the American people," Brady said. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Republicans on the Senate-House conference committee signed their massive tax overhaul legislation Friday, sending it to both chambers for final passage next week.

Republicans expressed confidence that the bill would be placed on President Trump's desk before Christmas.

The bill will be filed in a pro forma session and made public at a 5:30 p.m. event, said conference committee chairman Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas.

"We have delivered for the American people," Brady said at the Capitol.

Republican leaders planned to brief their members on the compromise legislation Friday afternoon, and then provide the bill text to the public.

"This is a great bill, and it’s closed now," said Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, a member of the conference committee. "And I think we’ll get the support on Tuesday or Wednesday to have a vote. And we already had enough senators as it came through the Senate, the bill is even improved further in House-Senate conference process, so I’m confident we’ll have the votes."